The Greatest Lesson I Never Taught
If you’re doing all the work, who’s doing all the learning? We’ve discovered that the best lessons are those we don’t actually teach, but in which students research and present their own ideas. Jump in and discover the power of harnessing student creativity, design thinking and student agency through collaboration.
It is our job as teachers to ensure we are encouraging student agency and inquiry. This session will provide attendees with tools, resources and strategies to create a welcoming and engaging learning environment to ‘stay in the question.’ We will explore design-thinking approaches, including encouraging empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping and testing. Ultimately, attendees will be challenged to rethink the far-too-common practice of “inviting students to compete for yesterday’s knowledge,” as described by Francois Taddei, Co-Founder & Director, CRI-Paris at the 2019 #LearningPlanet Assembly.
Connecting Student Hearts & Minds
Current events force us to examine the social and emotional learning (SEL) aspects of professional relationships across educational settings. How can we support learning by addressing the affective element of interactions between students, parents and educators? In this session, you will learn how to champion the whole student through technology-based connections. We will explore approaches to encouraging empathy, relationship-building and discover kindness initiatives that you can take back to your campus or district.
Participants will engage in collaborative activities and brainstorming practical ‘use-it-Monday’ applications and more. Each strategy will employ affordable and accessible apps, resources or websites appropriate for participants.